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Famine Declared in Somalia

The United Nations has declared that there is a famine in Somalia, due partially to a terrible drought in the region. About 3.7 million people are in a crisis and ten million in the Horn of Africa region are at risk. Over 100,000 Somalians have fled to refugee camps in Kenya. Tens of thousands might already have died.

A UN official said, “Even if the world starts acting as it must, now, lives will be lost. But there are many more lives that can be saved if we see the level of response that is desperately needed.” (Source: CSMonitor)

Complicating matters is the fact Somalia is a dangerous place for relief workers. Fourteen UN employees helping with various relief efforts have died there in the last several years.

If you are interested in donating to help the starving the United Nations has a web page set up for that. They list several examples of what donations can purchase:

$7: food for a malnourished child
$50: a feeding kit that feeds five children
$100: survival kits with a blanket, mattress, kitchen set, stove and soap.
$345: all-weather tent for a family

About two million children are at risk from the famine and drought. UNICEF also has a donation page. A UN official said they will need about $300 million to help the distressed refugees for the next two months.

The Horn of Africa is experiencing the worst drought in decades. Drought is believed to be linked to climate change.

Image Credit: USAID

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6:12PM PST on Feb 6, 2012

SO much sadness in the world.

1:56AM PDT on Sep 24, 2011

Thanks for the article.

9:19PM PDT on Aug 16, 2011

Everything is so out of whack!

5:22PM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

Money and food can only help for so long. We need to help them plan for the future, to help them live sustainably, where they can survive year after year no matter the size of their families.

10:33AM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

Do you realize how much money they are asking for? I suspect it would go to line the pockets of the "non-profiteers". Put somebody from Smart N Final, that is somebody who is in a position to know how inexpensive food can be, in charge of the relief effort.

7:39PM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

Innovators and leaders should come up with ideas to make and install desalination plants in the drought ridden areas of the world, so they can utilize some of the ocean waters that surrounds these countries to help water the crops and quench the thirsty people and animals during dry times.

If we can be the change we want to see in the world, we can make things better for all. Just do everything you can to make these changes a reality, try to write letters, make phone calls, sign petitions, protest, demonstrate, donate, whatever you're able to accomplish will help out. Praying always helps and the world can use more prayers.

4:57AM PDT on Jul 24, 2011

I agree with the previous post : they have stripped the earth bare with overgrazing causing the earth to become desert, where nothing will grow and there is no grazing left. They do not replant what they chop down. They do not prepare for the lean years.

The average number of children a Somalian has is 7 ! When there is not enough food to feed themselves - let alone these 7 children. Does this make sense?

But because the "west" is always there to assist - they continue in their self-destructive ways. It is time to educate them on family planning, good farming practices and stop giving them hand-outs (because they will never learn their mistakes). It is the only way they will come to the realisation that they on a path of foolishness.

I know - I live in Africa.

3:13AM PDT on Jul 24, 2011

Somalia seems to be very unfortunate, first international factory fishing boats strip their waters of fish forcing the Somali fishermen to become pirates (one good thing about piracy is that it has allowed the fish stocks to regrow) ..and now they have terrible famine which may or may not be because of global warming.
I've got a theory of my own, ...involving goats.
Arabic people's and Muslims seem to have the same affinity to goats as Christians have towards sheep and Hindus have about cows. The thing about goats though is that they eat all the vegetation down to the roots. They even climb trees to get leaves and they strip bark too. They're mostly creatures of the mountains and scrubland and when they're taken to Africa cause destruction and desertification. It's a fact that clouds form over trees and greenery because of the amount of vapour expelled in the process of transpiration. But strip the high hillsides and the grasslands of foliage and you'll get Saudi Arabia. Desert. The Asian goat is a invasive species in Africa, along with the camel. (introduced by the mohamedans circa 700ad) as evidenced by their not being one picture or representation in Egyptian culture (they drew everything!) by the way the ancient Egyptians did not build in the middle of the desert. The desert later spread and engulfed these monuments. This was before global warming but after the mass introduction of goats.

10:59AM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

These people can't even move from where they are camped because of the religious government that has them trapped and they always tell them they have to wait because the food and aid is about to come, 2 years with the old same song, now hunger and repression, if they leave they'll be killed. It is disastrous and criminal what they are doing to these people.

5:33AM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

This is awful and nothing seems to help those poor starving people. It's too dangerous to send helpers, donating money only helps the rich and a prayer doesn't do much to a hungry person.

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